this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
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|1 year 5 weeks ago||Bourbon helps||
Drinking a makers and coke. Having some father daughter issues...those with a teenage daughter will understand...so the smooth makers helps
|3 years 37 weeks ago||ED: the 22-19 prediction||
was the MSU game.
|3 years 37 weeks ago||Brian being sneaky?||
I actually sort of think Brain has been playing games a bit with his predictions this year. He self admittedly hates making predictions but he's now locked into the convention. I think he's being somewhat tounge in cheek sometimes.
This prediction is like the exact polar opposite of last years 67-65 score. We win by 2 still but in the lowest possible score (or nearly so). Earlier in the year he had a game prediction of 22-19 (SDSU?). Those numbers are both incredibly rare on their own, let alone together. It's almost as if he was subtly saying "don't take this too seriously."
|4 years 13 weeks ago||B1G vs NC Strategy||
I think the OP is making the point that you can have different game/season strategies if you have a B1G focus vs. NC focus. Bo used to do this all the time (or at least was accused of it).
For instance, a B1G game late in the season...Bo might play for a tie rather than gamble late knowing that a tie didn't hurt him much in the conference race. However, a tie DID hurt in the polls and, therefore, the NC hunt.
Since we don't have ties anymore, i think the new "confernce focus" strategy could be a late season game in which your team already has a B1G Champ. birth sewn up, and you play all your scrubs to save them....thus enhancing your conference championship hopes (in theory) but hurting your NC hopes.
Ergo, i understand the point...in thoery. However, that point seems sort of silly in this day and age. I think everyone and anyone is trying to win each and every game with maximum effort. Nobody is "giving away" games anymore or holding too much back.
|4 years 14 weeks ago||Second chance? Not yet||
Perhaps someday Rose will earn a second chance...but you really have to earn that. Mike Vick paid his dues, has been contrite, and (so far) done all the right things. Not sure that i personally forgive him but the point is that you have to earn your second chances...have to seem worthy of being forgiven...and usually that requires the perspective of time and change of actions.
I'm with the OP. I'm done with Rose....at least for now.
|4 years 14 weeks ago||Just a few off the top of my head||
1. 1984: Tigers Win World Series - Gibby, baby
2. 1991: "The Catch" - Desmond vs. ND - sat in row 1 right in that corner
3. 1987/88: Hall of Fame Bowl - Jamie Morris Last Gave
4. 1997: UM-ND Football - National Championship Season - all the action in my endzone
5. 1999: Augusta National - Awe inspiring (unfortuately only a practice round, but still)
6. 1985: UM beats OSU - lights fading, Kolesar 4th quarter bomb, i was a student
7. 2007?: Tigers at Braves - my son's first live ball game, verlander unhittable
8. 1978: Red Wings vs. Canadians Playoffs - old Olympia, lost badly, met Gordie Howe
9. 2007: Patriots in Miami - Brady's perfect half, 11-11 with 5 TDs, perfect passer rating, year he threw for 50+ and went 18-1.
|4 years 16 weeks ago||Classmate||
I was a junior too. I still feel like this was one of Bo's best teams. We were absolutely rolling with JH and the boys until Mr. Fogey came to town on a gray, rainy day late in the season.
My memory from that New Year's day was that ASU's D-Line just dominated. Also, this chant from our fans:
|4 years 18 weeks ago||The upside of the love fest||
You are right about the 180, and it is very annoying. But I'm at the point where I'm past it and I'm trying to just roll with it. Regardless of the motivation or the realities versus perception, to the outside world (read: recruits) it only helps to be getting all this positive press.
|4 years 18 weeks ago||A few points of interest||
You really can't (and shouldn't) read too much into the player comments...but was interesting to hear the focus on "intensity" and the players being excited for practice "which is a first."
Eh, what else are they supposed to say...
|4 years 18 weeks ago||And 2 pretty highly touted incoming freshmen||
|4 years 19 weeks ago||Teams Sucking||
I had that same thought - everyone but us "sucking" right now. But you never know by 2013. At times in the recent past, OSU / MSU / MINN /WISC have all been good (at points).
Also, i wonder if the lure of the Big Ten brand and the TV exposure (from the BTN) means that over time all 6 schools will be getting better recruits, etc. and have a better platform to succeed.
|4 years 19 weeks ago||What about UNC?||
I always sort of got the feeling that the Fab 5 needed to be hated or at least feared...wanted that motivation. They clearly like to play "angry" as if the whole world was against them. I think to a degree, that mindset of 18 year old Jalen leads to the Uncle Tom stuff. It was a way to provide motivation.
|4 years 19 weeks ago||Right but||
my point there was that part of the interesting story of the Fab 5 was that they were actually quite inconsistent on the court (as some pointed out) and despite their swagger, they needed the "nobodies" to save them on a few notable, high profile moments.
Not a huge criticism, just a minor point that i always found interesting.
|4 years 19 weeks ago||i'm too old||
I'm old enough to remember when they added the current rule for getting two foul shots when you hit 10 team fouls (used to continue to be 1 and 1 ad infinitum). Same goes for the shot clock which was basically added for the same reason but on the different end of the spectrum - to make games more competitive at the end.
You think it's bad now with all the fouling, imagine when a team would go into a "4 corners offense" when they got up by about 5 or 6 with 10 minutes left (ahem, Dean Smith).
|4 years 19 weeks ago||Minor comment on the documentary||
I graduated from Undergrad at UM in 1989 so i am a peer of Rice, Robinson, et al. But i do remember the Fab 5 and like most from that period, am probably "conflicted" (as Brian predicted ahead of time). Mostly, I'm a little upset they didn't really win any championships (no BT's, no National Champs) and that pain still lingers.
I won't go into all the back and forth, i think that's been well debated in all the comments today. However, one minor point that i do think the doc didn't quite play up enough was the "supporting cast." They did make the point of people being upset about losing their job to freshmen, etc., but there were a few notable times when the supporting cast saved their asses on the court, and they didn't relly mention that. IIRC, Voskul played a huge role down the stretch in beating Cincy in the first Final Four and Pelinka made many clutch threes (and was on the court during Web's unfortunate TO call).
|4 years 19 weeks ago||Yes but||
I partied in college and did my fair share of underage drinking. But i wasn't on the Football Team representing my University, my program and jeopardizing my future as a football player.
|4 years 19 weeks ago||Go Blue Flu||
Cough, cough. I'm feeling a little sick today, boss. I think i'll cut out early.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||FREEP||
Freep sports writer: "hey truth and fairness, get the f*#% out of my news story."
|4 years 20 weeks ago||One game for all the marbles||
I can go with that. I definitely think that JH is the guy you'd want for that one game. Dude was just a winner and didn't make a lot of mistakes. Griese just gives me some nice memories of beating OSU, but overall like you, JH would still be my #1.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||Pretty Close||
This jives closely with my UM generation (born in 67', first game in 75')...and therefore, your list is pretty mich right on mine.
The only think i might change is QB. I think JH would be on my "All Team" list...but strong honorable mention would go to Brian Griese in terms of "all time favorites." I realize that he didn't have a "full" career, but he had a winning hand in the OSU game in three straight magical years (95', 96', 97'). Most folks only remember the 97 campaign.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||Trip's Rule||
If i recall, Bo made a new rule after Welborne tore up his knee by crashing into the visiting team's band on the sideline. For years, Bo would now allow any visiting bands to sit directly on the field. Do they still do that?
|4 years 20 weeks ago||Started at opening tip||
Started with Michelob Ultra (since I'm old). Will switch to Woodford Reserve Bourbon tonight. Will definitely tip one up for B-line and the boys.
|4 years 21 weeks ago||Morgan||
6-8 comes from Mgoblue.com (as good a source as any, although you never know). My point is that at the moment, there is nobody very reliable that can spell Morgan unless Blake really develops in the future. ideally, we'd have someone with more size that can rotate in for more minutes...not displace Morgan, just compliment him and provide an option for when we play "the bigs" or when Jordan gets in foul trouble.
|4 years 21 weeks ago||Missing the point||
I think the OP is right about the notion of JB's offense, but it misses the point of "getting bigger." The need is not to add another big man on the floor, it's simply to make the main "big man" bigger. Morgan is only 6-8 and playing the "center." Ideally, we'd have a 6-10 ish guy in that spot (or sharing time)...as long as they can step out and shoot (a tough find).
|4 years 23 weeks ago||Big Ten Competition||
As someone who does not follow Softball closely (other than our gals), which teams are the main competition in the Big Ten? (or i guess i'm now supposed to say "B1G")
|4 years 23 weeks ago||Does Lewan count?||
I think Lewan is going to have a monster year. Not sure if that counts as "blowing up" since he had a pretty good 2010.
Second choice would be Hopkins who seems very well suited for the new offensive style.
|4 years 26 weeks ago||agree...ish||
I too was not originally happy but agree that he's said and done everything well so far. My only ammendment would be to put me in the "Pro-Hoke Offseason" camp. Still have no idea if he can actually "coach" yet.
|4 years 26 weeks ago||Not Adapting on Defense||
I'll admit I was too lazy to read through all 125 comments (hard to find any meaningful posts with less than 100 these days!)...so forgive me if someone else already made this point.
RR's problem with "not adapting" was not on offense really. As Brian notes, the skill levels were cratered and he adapted as best as made sense while still moving forward with the "transition."
RR's big problem was the regression of the D and his lack of ability to "adapt" to his players there. He had plenty of talent on that side of the ball in 2008 but the scheme was incoherent and seemed to not use the skill appropriately or in the correct positions (see Purdue game, 2008).
|4 years 28 weeks ago||The Plan A Myth||
We need to stop thinking of this job search in terms of the order in which candidates were interviewed. I've conducted numerous job searches and I rarely if ever interview only one candidate. Brandon, as a typical CEO type, would most assuredly not feel comfortable without "interviewing" numerous candidates and then making his decision. I take him at his word that he spoke with people in all the major conferences, then deliberated and decided to offer to Hoke.
Granted, College Football is not the board room, so i'm not sure i agree with this strategy...but i'm getting tired of people thinking he went from Harbaugh, to Miles to Hoke thus making Hoke his third choice. Sounds to me like Harbaugh and Miles were never really "choices" to him (either due to not being available - JH or not being desirable in his mind - LM).
|4 years 28 weeks ago||Hunwick punch||
Anyone have a link to some video from that moment last night?